Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Loss of a Great Man

You are never prepared for the loss of a loved one. This afternoon at 4:50 PM, my Father-in-Law, Junior Leon Parker passed away. My Mother-in-Law was at his side when he took his last breath and left this earth to take his place in heaven. My Father-in-Law was a GREAT man who touched so many lives and contributed to making this world a better place. He was a hero who survived WWII and the "Battle of the Bulge"; spent 32 years serving the citizens of Los Angeles as a Fireman for the LAFD, and spent as many years enjoying his retirement with his family and friends.

We find peace on knowing he is now in a better place and no longer suffering. He will be greatly missed and words cannot begin to express the loss we all feel. His quiet, soft spoken love for family and friends was always present and cherished by those who had the pleasure of being in his presence. His body will be gone but he will live forever in our thoughts and daily lives.

Junior Leon Parker; Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Father-in-Law, Chief, Friend, Hero, Dad….. He was so much more to so many people. Thank you for your words of encouragement, support and love.